Decatur sewed up another game for the win column Thursday afternoon with a 6-2 victory over the Iowa Park Hawks. The Eagles won in seven innings and denied the Hawks many scoring opportunities.
The Eagles busted the game wide open in the third after they played two innings close to the vest with only one run scored by Clayton Egle in the first.
After two quick outs, Decatur’s Erik Elder made a cut into left field just out of reach of both Iowa Parks’ center and left fielders. Cain Lowe came in as a courtesy runner and quickly stole second base, then scored when Joey Cantu hit deep into left field.
The Hawks’ pitching fell apart soon after Lowe’s score, throwing only two strikes in more than two dozen pitches. Christian Carrillo, Drew Edwards and Michael Hicks were all walked. Johnny Murrillo hit to make his way to first.
With Iowa Park’s mound in disarray, Decatur’s Cantu walked home, followed by Carrillo stealing home on a wild pitch. Then Edwards walked home followed by Murrillo stealing home on a wild pitch. Reid Metcalf ended the inning with a caught fly ball.
“We were fortunate as far as their pitching walking us in and they kind of gave that to us, but we had good pitching on the mound,” said Decatur coach Chris Carter. “We only made one error, and we played well, and that is what it takes to win ball games.”
The Hawks tried to get back into contention in the top of the fifth with a fast drive past Cantu followed by a triple to send one runner home and one into scoring position. Iowa Park was able to bring the runner in but ended the inning with only two runs. The Hawks got two more hits in the sixth, but the runners were stranded.
Decatur ended the game with a double play. Officials called runner interference on a Hawk sliding into second, who jumped up forcing Cantu to maneuver around to make a throw.